The Confraternity of Saint James administers two pilgrim hostels, one at Rabanal on the Camino Francés and one at Miraz on the Camino del Norte. We recruit and train volunteers from our members to serve at these hostels. Hospitaleros/as serve for two weeks per year and as part of that service greet and admit pilgrims, clean and maintain the hostel and liaise with local people. Our selection criteria is as follows:
The following criteria will be used to select hospitaleros, but please note that these criteria are not intended to be prescriptive and may need to be amended in the light of specific circumstances at either refugio.
Volunteer wardens should normally:
- have done the pilgrimage themselves (so they fully understand the problems and experiences, both good and bad, of pilgrims);
- be a member of the Confraternity of Saint James(or similar pilgrim association);
- have a reasonable command of Spanish (one of the wardens should be able to hold a telephone conversation in this language);and
- have attended a training day (before being a warden for the first time).
- be in good health and capable of coping with the physical and mental demands of a busy refugio (lots of early starts, cleaning, washing and maintenance chores, spending time attending to pilgrims).
The Confraternity of Saint James are keen to recruit volunteer wardens with the ability to:-
- give pilgrims a warm welcome;
- establish good working relationships with other wardens;
- establish good relations with persons in the villages of Miraz and Rabanal;
- be able to deal with the practical problems of a refugio;
- project a presence which reflects positively on the aims and objects of the Confraternity.
The Rabanal Wardens’ Coordinator: r-wardens*csj.org.uk – or print out and complete this form
– or –
The Miraz Wardens’ Coordinator: Send an email to office*csj.org.uk marked for the attention of Priscilla White.
(Please replace * with @ in email addresses – we have presented them like this to reduce spam).
Hospitalero training is also available in:
USA. See the American Pilgrims on the Camino website for details.
Australia. See the Pilgrims in Sydney website for date and location of the next training session or contact julie*pilgrimsinsydney.org for more information. (Please replace * with @ in email addresses – we have presented them like this to reduce spam).